YOU CAN SEE IT, sense it, almost smell and hear it—the anticipation of spring planting.
Bare and stubbled fields stretch for miles and miles across southwestern Minnesota, earth turned to the warming sun, awaiting the seeds of spring.
Only remnants of winter remain in scattered patches of road ditch snow.
On the edges of farm yards, tractors and planters and other implements sit, pulled from machine sheds. Greased. Oiled. Ready.
Farmers wait. Thawing spring rains fall. Frost rises from the ground. Drying winds whip across the land.
And the days unfold into the season of renewal and hope and sowing of seeds.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling